Dyson made another crack at the robot vacuum market in the U.S. after the failure of the Dyson 360 Eye, which it launched in 2016 and then quickly stopped selling there because it said it was “not suitable for U.S. homes.” (A later model, the 360 Heurist, never got here.) Now, Dyson is introducing the Dyson 360 Vis Nav robot vacuum. Shorter and slimmer than its predecessors, the Vis Nav is designed to work better in our sophisticated American homes. It still sports the 360 line’s signature extra-long brush and square shape, but adds more suction power and a faster processor.
Dyson also announced five more new products: Its first attempt at a vacuum cleaner – the Dyson Submarine with a wet roller head; the fifth generation of cordless stick vacuums – Dyson Gen5detect ($949) and Dyson Gen5outsize ($1,049); and two positively huge indoor air purifiers – Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet Formaldehyde and Dyson Purifier HEPA Big+Quiet Formaldehyde. Dyson hasn’t provided a price or release date for any models other than the Gen5 vacuums, which will arrive on June 6.
As a Dyson product, we can expect the Vis Nav to be expensive. The Dyson 360 Eye was launched in 2016 for $999. We also expected it to be innovative. But from the few details that Dyson has provided, it appears that the company is pushing for power and precision on the new features.
It doesn’t have the cleaning or self-emptying option we see on many new robot vacuums today, or it doesn’t appear to have AI-powered obstacle avoidance (just regular trash avoidance). But Dyson says the Vis Nav has twice the suction power of other robot vacuums and a “high-end processor” that “thinks and adapts” to data it gathers from 26 sensors to avoid obstacles, detect dust and find walls. It also has a side pass brush that allows for “precise edge cleaning”. Along with a square head that can get close to edges and corners, this should mean it can reach other hard-to-reach spots that rounder robo-vacs might miss.
Another big change is the smaller size. Dyson didn’t provide any specifications, but said the Vis Nav can fit under furniture up to 3.9 inches. The original Eye was 4.72 inches tall, too tall to fit under most couches or beds. Unfortunately, it’s still blue, which is a bold and, shall we say, bad choice for a product sitting in people’s homes.
As with previous models, the Vis Nav has an extra long brush that extends the length of the vacuum – most robot vacuums work with a small brush in the center. The brush also has three surfaces to help pick up debris: soft “Tam” nylon for large debris, antistatic carbon fiber filaments for fine dust, and hard nylon bristles for digging into carpets.
Dyson uses its own version of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology to figure out how to navigate your home, equipped with a tiny camera on top of the robot surrounded by LEDs to help it see in the dark.
The Vis Nav will work with the MyDyson app, has a 50-minute runtime, and will automatically return to the charging dock. The company didn’t provide more details, such as bin size, battery size, or any information about app features like mapping or off-the-shelf storage zones. You can sign up for updates on new products Dyson website.
Of course, Dyson is known for its regular vacuums, even if you have a robot vacuum, it’s still a must – robot vacuums still can’t do the stairs. The newest Dyson vacuum cleaners are cordless vacuum cleaners with the Gen5detect and Gen5outsize fifth generation Dyson vacuum cleaners. Hyperdimium motor. According to Dyson, it’s “smaller, faster and more powerful than its predecessors.” According to Dyson, the new models are also able to “catch viruses from your home”.
Dyson Submarine is the company’s first wet vacuum cleaner. Its wet roller head can wipe up wet spills like ketchup and milk, as well as remove dust and stains from hard floors. The Dyson V15s Detect Submarine and Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine vacuum cleaners have a small, 300ml clean water tank in the roll head and a separate waste water tank with a motorized microfiber roll for scrubbing. Both models will also ship with standard vacuum heads, but Dyson says the submersible attachment won’t work on existing vacuums.
Finally, the new Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet Formaldehyde (which means it claims to capture and destroy 99.97 percent of formaldehyde as well as other pollutants) is a smart air purifier designed for large open-plan spaces in your home. With a completely different design from Dyson’s other tall and slim air purifier / fan models, the Big+Quiet uses new “cone aerodynamics” to extend its cleaning power over 32 feet. The Dyson Purifier HEPA Big+Quiet Formaldehyde is also designed for shared, commercial spaces – it will be quite a conversation piece in the office.